Getting the New Keel Ready
March 1, 2016
In the latest set of photos from the shipyard you can see how the lead ballast will fit into the new keel.
Capt. Dave Thompson standing next to the aft end of the new keel for scale. The grey part is the four sections of lead ballast. The ends of the keel will be faired into the hull. photo credit Harold Burnham
Looking toward the forward section of the keel, each of the four sections of lead ballast weighs 15,000 pounds. photo credit Harold Burnham
Shipwright Rob Stevens is drilling holes for the alignment bolts. photo credit Harold Burnham
The Danish oak and lead sections are scarfed together. The top of the keel is rabbeted to receive a 5 inch garboard along most of its length. photo credit Harold Burnham
The shipyard crew is constructing a ramp system to bring the keel in place under the ship. photo credit Harold Burnham
The ramp is well supported to be able to carry the 15,000 pound sections of lead ballast. photo credit Harold Burnham
This is looking forward and shows where the 1970's pine keel from Cape Verde was removed and the structure that has been readied to receive the new keel with the ramp in place below. photo credit Harold Burnham
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